March - June 2019
Sunday 14th April
Spring Foraging in Egerton
Tutor: Steve Kirk
In this introduction discover easily recognisable plants that are good to eat and learn how to prepare and cook them. At a variety of local sites you will learn to forage safely and identify some common edible species before returning to cook and sample your fare. Also learn about foraging and the law.
Meet at Egerton Village Hall
10.00am - 4.00pm
£30 per person
Saturday 20th April
Introduction to Beekeeping
Tutor: John Holmes
An 8 week “hands-on” course for complete beginners to give you the knowledge and confidence to get your first colony. Learn the skills of this ancient art from Wildwood’s own beekeeper. Please note that this course takes place outside and is weather dependent. Changes to the timetable may be needed if weather conditions are unsuitable. Post-course advice available. Not suitable for those with medical conditions such as heart problems, asthma or allergy to bee stings. Contact us for advice if you are unsure.
Dates: Saturdays from 20/4/19 to 8/6/19 inclusive.
11.00am - 4.00pm
£100 per person
Saturday 27th April
A Natural History of Kent’s Mammals
Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston
This course will provide an overview of Kent’s mammals, small and large. The focus will be on their ecology, reproduction biology and conservation issues. Their habitats and distribution in Kent will also be covered. (NB: Please note that mammal identification is covered in a separate course). The morning will be spent in the classroom, and the afternoon on a tour of Wildwood’s mammals, including a behind-the-scenes look at some of our captive breeding areas.
9.45am – 4.30pm
£33 per person
In partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust *
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.
*Please book with KWT on 01622 662012 or at
Saturday 4th May
Hedgehogs in the Garden
Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston
A short workshop focusing on how to help hedgehogs in your garden. It will comprise a talk covering the biology, ecology and behaviour of hedgehogs and advice on hedgehog-friendly gardening. Learn how to find out if hedgehogs are visiting your garden. There will be an opportunity to meet a hedgehog up close and view footage of hedgehog behaviour.
10.00am - 1.00pm
£20 per person
Saturday 11th May
Wolf Ecology and Behaviour
Tutor: Anne Riddell
Discover the wolf pack; the origins of wolves, how wolves communicate and the efforts being made to restore them back to the wild. Includes a visit to see our wolves, their prey and the large carnivores with which they coexist (lynx and brown bear).
10.30am - 4.00pm
£30 per person
Saturday 18th May
Reptile Ecology and Surveying
Tutor: Mike Phillips
In partnership with Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group (KRAG)
A chance to get up close and personal to some of our most iconic and often misunderstood creatures.  An introduction to native British reptiles covering identification, basic ecology and survey techniques.  Find out how to identify the best places to look for reptiles and what habitat features they require. Includes a search for reptiles at a nearby monitoring site.
10.00am - 4.00pm
£30 per person
Saturday 25th May
Plant Identification for Beginners
Tutor: Dr. Lesley Mason
An introduction to plant identification for those starting to identify flowering plants. Learn to assign plants to families or species level using their parts and other useful features. The use of basic keys will be introduced. This course is an ideal basic grounding in plant ID for those interested in attending our Phase 1 habitat survey course.
10.00am - 4.00pm
£30 per person
Friday 31st May
Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey (part 1)
Tutor: Dr. Lesley Mason
Part 1: A classroom and field based introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey methodology to map and record sites. Ideal for professional ecologists and those working towards a career in this field. Learn to identify key indicator plant species that will help you to recognise and distinguish broad habitat types and gain confidence in writing target notes on habitat features. This is a stand-alone course, but can also be a precursor to phase 1 habitat survey (part 2). 
Own transport required.
10.00am - 4.00pm
£55 per person
* £100 when booking with Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey (part 2) 
Friday 14th June
Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey (part 2)
Tutor: Dr. Lesley Mason
Part 2: Aimed at those already familiar with Phase 1 habitat survey basics as covered in part 1 (either in 2019 or a previous year) or who have learnt basic phase 1 elsewhere but want to learn more about indicator plant species for different habitats.  The whole day will be spent in the field to experience a variety of habitats and their indicator plants including chalk grassland and neutral grassland types. We will travel to various sites across the county.
Own transport required.
10.00am - 4.00pm
£55 per person
* £100 when booking with Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey (part 1) 
Saturday 1st June
Pollination Workshop
Tutor: Dr. Clive Nuttman
For gardeners, beekeepers and naturalists.
An illustrated talk to introduce pollination, concentrating on the extraordinary global range of organisms that visit and pollinate flowers and a walk through the Wildwood grounds looking at flowers and insects to observe pollination ‘in action’. In the afternoon we will explore flower structure and the ‘rewards’ that attract insect visitors and how to make a garden ‘pollinator-friendly’.
10.30am - 3.00pm
£25 per person
Saturday 8th June
Seashore Foraging and Wild Cooking
Tutor: Steve Kirk
An introduction to the sustainable foraging potential of the North Kent coast and estuary habitat. Discover which easily recognisable plants are good to eat and learn how to prepare and cook them. Forage a variety of edible shellfish before returning to cook and sample your fare. Also covers foraging safety and the law, and the wider uses of plants.
Meet at Marine Parade, Tankerton, Whitstable, CT5 2BE on the greens facing the Marine Hotel.
10.30am - 3.00pm
£30 per person
  • Minimum age for all courses is 16 years unless specified. All under 18’s must be accompanied by a paying adult unless specified.
  • All courses are held at Wildwood Trust and include Wildwood entry fees unless otherwise specified. Please check listing.
  • All courses are booked directly with Wildwood unless otherwise stated, please check listing for details.
  • All courses must be paid for at the time of booking and are non-refundable unless cancelled by Wildwood.
  • Lunch is not provided unless stated. Participants are welcome to bring their own packed lunch or purchase lunch in the Wildwood Cafe.
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  • Please email  or telephone 01227 711 471 for more information.
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